May 14th, 2005

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A quick drooling session here...

Sigh. Socket 939 AMD 64-bit CPUs haven't dropped much in price, but it's surprising how little it costs to put together a very decent system. From looking at newegg.com and taking advantage of a couple of deals du jour, we have

$80 for a gigabyte of PC3200 DDR RAM (2 x 512 MB for dual channel)
$56 for a dual-layer DVD burner
$78 for a NForce-4 mobo for Socket 939 (that supports SATA 2 and PCI Express)
$89 for a 160 GB SATA 2 hard drive
$146 for an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ socket 939 CPU (retail, so it has the heat sink/fan)
$82 for a very quiet Antec black case and 350W PS
$56 for a PCI Express x16 graphics card

Actually, CompUSA cites an $80 price for the case/PS, and then you're not paying for shipping.

It adds up to not quite $590. Not much point to having a floppy drive these days, so no need to worry about that. If you already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, you're good to go.
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